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Southern Pine Beetle Epidemic (1985)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1985-10-04

Duration: 00:08:26

Subjects: Southern pine beetle | TREES | Forests and forestry | Environment | Lumber trade


  • Johnson, Ken Host
  • Nachod, Gus Interviewee
  • Goyer, Richard Interviewee
  • Kimball, Clyde Interviewee
  • Odom, Bob Interviewee
  • Lanctot, Randy Interviewee


This segment from the October 4, 1985, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Ken Johnson’s report on the worst epidemic of Southern Pine Beetles in Louisiana history. Johnson reports that the insects have destroyed 100,000 acres of trees in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, and Arkansas in 1985. His report touches on the economic and environmental impact of the epidemic in Louisiana. He interviews: Gus Nachad of the Louisiana Office of Forestry; Richard Goyer, LSU professor; State Representative Clyde Kimball, the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee; Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Bob Odom; and Randy Lanctot of the Wildlife Federation.